News: Archive 2011
03.01.2011 The application period for Aalto University’s two-year master’s programmes leading to the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science in economics, technology, architecture or landscape architecture begins on 3 January 2011.
05.01.2011 The School of Art and Design celebrates 140 and School of Economics 100 years of operation.
11.01.2011 Aalto University School of Art and Design celebrated its anniversary on 11 January. This year marks the 140th anniversary of its predecessor, Veistokoulu (Helsinki Craft School
11.01.2011 A year and a half after its launch, the European Space Agency ESA has published the first results obtained from the Planck satellite.
18.01.2011 The well-known Fair Trade certification system was created in the 1980s to improve the position of small-scale farmers and farm labourers in developing countries, which are often former colonies, in the unpredictable international business environment.
20.01.2011 The School of Economics celebrates 100 years of operation.
Secretariat for the European Commission’s Design Innovation Initiative to be placed in Aalto University
26.01.2011 The European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII) will be supported by its own secretariat situated at the Designium Innovation Centre operating in connection with the Aalto University.
27.01.2011 Research center CEMAT publishes predictive economic reviews online for the benefit of both businesses and researchers.
31.01.2011 Third year students from the Department of Architecture were given the task of designing the information pavilion for Word Design Capital Helsinki 2012 as part of their course work.
02.02.2011 Since its investment activities started in late spring 2010, Aalto University has become a major Finnish institutional investor. Aalto University Endowment mainly comprises of private donations received during the establishment of the university in 2008-2011 and capital received from the Finnish Government.
04.02.2011 Kristo Ovaska, founder of the Venture Garage and the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society AES, has won the ACES award (Academic Enterprise Awards) in the “Bridge” category.
07.02.2011 The production method developed makes it possible to manufacture high-quality, flexible electronic products at a reasonable price.
14.02.2011 Aalto University and Tongji University in China have agreed on a double degree offered within the International Design Business Management (IDBM) programme.
21.02.2011 Sustainable development is a treasure map to the future for all of humankind. It is founded on a concern for the sustainability of nature, the sensible use of natural resources, the realisation of equal rights for all, ethics and morals. Sustainable development belongs to us all, even universities.
22.02.2011 The International Design Business Management (IDBM) Program celebrated its 15th anniversary last Friday by hosting an inspiring event for approximately 300 guests, including current IDBM students, IDBM alumni, and company representatives from various fields of industry.
23.02.2011 The presidents of Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Aalto University and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) agreed to establish closer collaboration between the three universities on Wednesday, 23 February.
25.02.2011 A simulation model for pulp bleaching was created in the Virtual Pulp Bleaching (VIP) project led by Professor Tapani Vuorinen from the Aalto University School of Chemical Technology. The model will yield information of phenomena taking place during pulp bleaching, especially about reactions between lignin and bleaching chemicals that cause the pulp's brown colour. The chemicals used in pulp bleaching are costly. In addition, water and energy are used in the bleaching process. With the help of the knowledge produced by the VIP model, pulp can be bleached more economically and in a more environmentally friendly way.
25.02.2011 Executive Education offered by the Aalto Executive MBA program (EMBA) has been customized for business professionals with strong leadership and management experience.
04.03.2011 The membrane that surrounds all living cells, as a matter of fact the gatekeeper of all metabolism, is constantly a target for severe bombarding and cheating. Medicine might be able to help here, but only the kind based on good knowledge of the membrane structure.
09.03.2011 The Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) has launched an extensive partnership with Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the world-renowned center on entrepreneurship and innovation.
12.03.2011 On Monday, the 14th of March at 13:30 o'clock there will be arranged by YTHS (FSHS, Finnish Student Health Service) an opportunity for discussion of the crisis in Japan and psychological reactions caused by it.
15.03.2011 M.Sc. (Econ.) Leena Kostiander’s Ph.D. dissertation in management accounting and corporate governance (”Essays on Political Corporate Governance and Governance Reforms: Consequences from Sociological Perspectives”) will be examined at the Aalto University School of Economics, March 17.
18.03.2011 Modern society is completely dependent on reliable power delivery. A high voltage power system is in a remarkable role in securing the reliable delivery of electricity.
25.03.2011 M.Sc. (Bus.Adm.) MA Annu Markkula’s dissertation on the subject of marketing ”Consumers as Ecological Citizens in Clothing Markets” will be examined at the Aalto University School of Economics on Friday, 1 April 2011.
29.03.2011 Early this year, somewhere deep in the confines of the Media Centre Lume of Aalto University School of Art and Design, it was possible to have an encounter of a different kind, as students were working on a film exercise in the spirit of science fiction.
29.03.2011 The Aalto University Masters of Arts (MoA) festival is an event where the new professionals of the multidisciplinary university meet the public and the business community. It is also a place where art and science meet.
07.04.2011 How much dangerous gas is there in the air? And is the wine good or bad? These are some instances of sensory detection where an electronic nose consisting of several different gas sensors can be utilised.
08.04.2011 Sirkka Hämäläinen, D. Sc. (Econ.) was named the Alumna of the Year at Aalto University's donor meeting on 7 April 2011.
11.04.2011 The first tenure track positions at Aalto University have been open since May 2010. These positions attracted a large number of high-quality applicants from Finnish and international scientific communities.
13.04.2011 Wood can be used, for example, to clad an unattractive old stone house. As a construction material, wood is energy efficient, and it can be used, for example, to make a hut that can withstand cold weather, termites and a hurricane.
18.04.2011 Aalto University released the board’s report and financial statements of its first year of operation today. The financial statements consist of data from the Aalto University Foundation, which operates as the Aalto University, and the Aalto University Group.
19.04.2011 M. Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Admin) Raija Leskinen’s dissertation, belonging to the discipline of entrepreneurship and small business, considers ‘A Longitudinal Case Study of an Entrepreneurial Networking Process’ and will be examined at the Aalto University School of Economics on Wednesday 27th of April 2011.
20.04.2011 M.Sc. MBA Kaij E. Karrus doctoral dissertation, a set of policies has been developed for coordinating production and distribution systems. These policies are shown to produce higher lower bounds of maximum effectiveness than known policies of similar type. Thus, the additional cost from using these policies will be lower than in known policies. The developed policies can also be applied with similar outcomes to several different inventory replenishment and inventory holding cost structures within distribution systems.
21.04.2011 Why is the Baltic Sea important to us? What kind of stories, moments, memories and experiences does it hold?
Brand equity of digital games: The influence of product brand and consumer experience as sources of unique value
26.04.2011 The information systems science doctoral thesis ”Brand Equity of Digital Games: The Influence of Product Brand and Consumer Experience as Sources of Unique Value” of Jan Henrik Storgårds, MSc.(Econ.), will be examined at Aalto University School of Economics, Main Building, Runeberginkatu 14–16, Helsinki on Wednesday 4th May 2011.
28.04.2011 PhD Karolin Kirschenmann, 31, has been appointed Assistant Professor in Finance at the School of Economics. She majored in banking and finance, and she defended her thesis on April 11, 2011 at the University of Heidelberg.
28.04.2011 Aalto-yliopiston maisterivaiheen hakutulokset on julkaistu torstaina 28.4. tekniikan korkeakoulujen ja Kauppakorkeakoulun osalta sekä Taideteollisen korkeakoulun lukukausimaksukokeilussa olleiden ohjelmien osalta.
29.04.2011 Aalto University Metsähovi Radio Observatory has been involved in the development of AMS-02 (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer). AMS-02 will start operating in space onboard the Shuttle Endeavour the 29th of May.
02.05.2011 The festival boasts bold performers and interesting speakers.
02.05.2011 A total of 779 new students were directly admitted to the two-year master's programmes of the Aalto University schools of technology – the School of Engineering, the School of Chemical Technology, the School of Science and the School of Electrical Engineering – and the School of Economics after the application round of 2011.
03.05.2011 How does it stay up there? A group of students is staring at a white curved surface along which a small blue ball is travelling towards the peak of the arch managing to come to a halt at exactly the highest point.
04.05.2011 The Chinese Tongji University is arranging an excursion to Finland in May. The visitors will be hosted by Aalto University. The group will consist of 80 students and some professors and representatives of the management of the university.
06.05.2011 M.Sc. (Econ.) Kirsi LaPointe’s doctoral dissertation on the subject of organization and management, ”Moral struggles, subtle shifts. Narrative practices of identity work in career transition”, will be examined at the Aalto University School of Economics, the Stora Enso hall in the Chydenia building Runeberginkatu 22-24, Helsinki, on Friday, May 13, 2011.
09.05.2011 Today’s mobile phones are expected to be as flat as possible but at the same time they should also contain a large number of functions, incorporating a broad range of radio and non-radio systems.
09.05.2011 What is shared on social network sites, such as Facebook, can be a source of controversy. A study finds that people tend to try to manage on their own what is disclosed.
10.05.2011 Researchers at Aalto University have developed a simple and efficient method for moving liquid drops in an almost totally water-repellent track. Drops move in open tracks, machined in metal or Si wafers, using gravity or using electrostatic charge.
10.05.2011 Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) was ranked 44th in the Financial Times Executive Educations ranking’s overall listing in 2011.
12.05.2011 The Conferment of Degrees will start at the Aalto University School of Economics, Main building (Runeberginkatu 14-16), on Friday, May 20, at 12 noon. President Martti Ahtisaari will make a keynote address in the Conferment of Degrees.
13.05.2011 Single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) are a unique family of materials exhibiting diverse useful chemical and physical properties.
16.05.2011 The Board of Aalto University has re-appointed Dean, Professor Petri Varsta for the School of Engineering for another one year period starting on January 1, 2012. In November, 2010, Professor Varsta was appointed as Dean for a one year period in 2011.
17.05.2011 − There are safety goggles in that box and protective gloves in this one. Do not take the goggles off under any circumstances
17.05.2011 A key meeting place of World Design Capital (WDC) Helsinki 2012 will be a pavilion placed in an empty lot between Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Museum in Helsinki. The design of this pavilion will communicate the role of WDC Helsinki as a pioneer in wood construction.
20.05.2011 Global prosperity and well-being are threatened by rapid growth in the world’s population. - In order to ensure that the poorest people in the world have at least reasonable living conditions, we should slow population growth. This would also have an impact on climate change, says Professor Kauko Viitanen, Head of the Department of Surveying.
23.05.2011 In her dissertation, Niinikoski examines the emergence, formation and change of the Finnish innovation policy during a period of twenty years, from the late 1980s until the end of the first decade of this century. The study sheds light on the contents of an innovation policy, which crosses traditional administrative boundaries, changes of the policy and the way in which it is made.
25.05.2011 At the Masters of Arts exhibition of Aalto University, awards were presented to a number of theses of particular merit.
26.05.2011 Researchers from Aalto University have found the mechanism of action for cancer-cell-killing peptides. This breakthrough is expected to lead to better medication, in particular better treatments for leukemia, skin cancer, and infections caused by multi-resistant bacteria.
30.05.2011 Titanium-based orthopedic and dental implants are widely used in modern clinical practice – every year hundreds of thousands of patients get a new implant for a hip, knee, or shoulder joint replacement, and more people get also various dental implants.
31.05.2011 The staff of Aalto University will have a free holiday on Friday June the 3rd, 2011. As a consequence the switchboard, all University campuses and campus restaurants will be closed the day after the Ascension Day.
01.06.2011 Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have found a way to cut the amount of fuel consumed by non-road mobile machinery by half. This new technology captures energy, which up to now has been lost by the machinery when working, and uses it instead of fuel. The fuel consumption of construction and mining machines, agricultural machines and material handling machines is reduced significantly.
Three Aalto University units to host Centres of Excellence in Research selected by Academy of Finland
08.06.2011 The Board of the Academy of Finland has selected new Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Research for 2012‒2017. A total of 15 units, involving research teams from eleven universities or research institutes, were selected to the new Centre of Excellence Programme.
08.06.2011 The Board of Finland has selected nine new Academy Professors for the period the 1st of January to the 31st of December 2016. Academy Professors selected from the School of Science (Aalto University) are Professors Olli Ikkala, Risto Ilmoniemi and Riitta Salmelin.
08.06.2011 This is the best Aalto University course I have ever attended, was the view of many students when asked to sum up the Bit Bang post-graduate course.
10.06.2011 The second meeting of the recently formed Nordic Chapter of Sigma Xi was organized at Aalto University School of Science by professor Tapio Ala-Nissila in May 23.
10.06.2011 Researchers at Aalto University Metsähovi Radio Observatory measured strong solar activity on Tuesday the 7th of June 2011, when a massive coronal mass ejection occurred on the Sun's eastern limb.
14.06.2011 The kick-off conference of the Rail Baltica Growth Corridor project was held in Helsinki on 9 June. The aim of the project is to improve accessibility and competitiveness of the eastern part of the Baltic Sea region by developing multimodal transport connections.
14.06.2011 Researchers in Aalto University Low Temperature Laboratory together with groups in Paris and Moscow have studied the properties of superconducting devices at microwave frequencies. The Low Temperature Laboratory researchers managed to explain the experimental finding concerning microwave losses in Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs). The work is relevant in the development of fast superconducting devices used for example in quantum metrology, radiation detection and quantum computing.
15.06.2011 Aalto University has established an Aalto AiR residence for international artists and experts. Artists invited to the residence are responsible for the development of artistic activity at Aalto University.
16.06.2011 Aalto University and VTT have developed, in close co-operation with representatives from the Finnish MEMS industry, a national MEMS technology roadmap. The working group proposes three focus areas for the near future national research and development: 1) Next Generation 3D Integration of MEMS based Systems, 2) Functional Materials in MEMS based Systems, and 3) MEMS based Biomedical sensor/actuator systems.
16.06.2011 Researchers at Aalto University have developed a method to electrically manipulate small magnetic structures in a well-controlled manner, which in metaphorical words resembles the synchronous rotation of a series of compass needles by an electrical bias voltage.
17.06.2011 The Aalto University Board has discussed the university’s future campus solution in its meeting today. The board decided that the main campus of Aalto University will be located in Otaniemi, Espoo.
17.06.2011 In its meeting on Friday 17 June, the Board of Aalto University decided to approve the proposal submitted by the New School project led by Dean Helena Hyvönen. According to the proposal, Aalto University School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture at the School of Engineering will form a new School on 1 January 2012.
21.06.2011 An international research team has shown that the rate of sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years and have shown a consistent link between changes in global mean surface temperature and sea level.
22.06.2011 Most previous studies have indicated that people in cities have a smaller carbon footprint than people who live in the country.
23.06.2011 A total of 2 818 hopefuls interested in pursuing studies in the field of applied art applied for the Aalto University School of Art and Design this year. Out of the total number of applicants, 11.6 per cent were accepted for MA or BA programmes in the field of applied art.
23.06.2011 Sanoma News and the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Aalto's innovation transfer and startup activation unit, have agreed to work together to boost startup activity and growth in the digital media sector.
27.06.2011 Tapani Alasaarela, M.Sc., is the first person to examine the waveguiding properties of titanium dioxide atomic layer deposited in a low (120 °C) temperature and the application of the method in the improvement of silicon channel waveguides. Aged 23, he is the youngest person to receive a doctoral degree at Aalto University.
30.06.2011 Aalto University and the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK have reached their goal of collecting 200 million euros for the foundation capital of Aalto University by the end of June. The Finnish Government will invest in the capital 2.5 times the sum collected through donations, 500 million euros at maximum.
Aalto University part of a new Centre of Excellence resolving connections between immune system and inflammatory diseases
30.06.2011 The Finnish Academy chose Molecular Systems Immunology and Physiology Research Group as one of its new Centres of Excellence for the period of 2012 – 2017. Solving the mechanisms how type 1 diabetes develops is one of the main focuses of the venture.
01.07.2011 "The Hall of Arts" (Taiteiden talo) started its operations at the end of the spring in Lämpömiehenkuja, Otaniemi. The hall is located in a building which is designed by Alvar Aalto and which has been previously housed the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
07.07.2011 Aalto University researchers’ recent global spatial data analysis reveals that over 50% of the world’s population lives closer than 3 km to the nearest river or lake. Majority of world’s population still lives on a walking distance from a river or lake, reveals a global analysis.
08.07.2011 For studying toward a master's degree in economic s and business administration at the Aalto University School of Economics, 3,323 first-choice applicants participated in the joint application process for economics and business administration studies. The total number of applicants through the bachelor’s level admissions routes to the School of Economics' Töölö campus was 3,639.The number of applicants compared to last year remained nearly unchanged.
08.07.2011 A total of 1,735 students were admitted to Aalto University in its spring application round. Of the newly-admitted students, 436 will start at the School of Engineering, 405 at the School of Economics, 196 at the School of Chemical Technology, 270 at the School of Science, 299 at the School of Electrical Engineering and 129 at the School of Art and Design.
18.07.2011 According to Professor Liisa Halonen from the School of Electrical Engineering, in coming years the sodium vapour lamps currently used in greenhouses may be replaced by LED lamps. LED lamps would reduce energy consumption at greenhouses and aid plants to grow abundantly.
25.07.2011 Smartphone users develop the habit of frequently checking their phones for e-mail, social media, and news, shows a study by Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and Intel Labs.
27.07.2011 In the course International Managing Innovation and Change 2011, which was held by the Aalto Executive Education in the spring, students got to visualize and envision the nature of effective leadership.
27.07.2011 Most Facebook users claim to be very uncomfortable with how third-party apps use their personal information. Their actual behavior doesn’t reflect this concern, a new study by UC Berkeley School of Information researchers has discovered.
01.08.2011 The 4D-Space – Smart 4D Space project implemented in connection with Aalto University’s MIDE research programme studies and develops new kinds of services for the use of the retail sector. At the same time, it seeks opportunities to engage customers in the construction of the services.
02.08.2011 Master of Education Johanna Leppävirta will defend her doctoral thesis at Aalto University on Friday 5 August. In the thesis, which she finalised while sailing across the Pacific, Leppävirta examines the development of mathematics skills of engineering students in the field of electromagnetics.
09.08.2011 Aalto University is one of the few European universities to have its own aircraft in research use. The measurement equipment installed in the plane has been used to study soil moisture and microwave radiation as well as to locate the site of oil leaks. Airborne measurements often supplement studies carried out on land and in space.
12.08.2011 On 12 August 2011, Aalto University and Tongi University in Shanghai, China signed a memorandum of understanding on sustainable campus development.
16.08.2011 Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, is establishing the country’s first 'Living Lab' on product development – a teaching unit on product development actively connected with the daily activities of companies. What makes this interesting to us is that the new unit is inspired by Aalto University Design Factory and will be created as a partnership between the two universities.
18.08.2011 The new discovery by Aalto University can have major impact on future nanoscale device design, such as ultraviolet photo detectors and drug delivery. In bulk size, many materials like silicon are as brittle as glass. In nanoparticle size, the same material can be compressed into half their size without breaking them. The new discovery was made by an international research group led by Professor Roman Nowak from Aalto University.
19.08.2011 Out of 137 proposals, the European Commission has in July 2011 selected 10 new jointly developed Erasmus Mundus Doctoral programmes to start in autumn 2012. Aalto University is a degree-awarding partner in an international doctoral programme on Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Services.
25.08.2011 The development of steel grades has become significantly faster due to a computationally efficient new simulation programme called SteelConverterSimulator. The new steel converter model saves energy, time, raw materials and the environment.
25.08.2011 Aalto University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) are deepening the relationship between the two universities. As part of this initiative, both universities offer a pilot accommodation scheme which is available for academic staff that travels to visit the partner university.
26.08.2011 A warm welcome to new students! In the first weeks of the academic year there is an extensive range of activities for new students. First Year Experience is a way for new students to become aware of a range of opportunities available for them and about starting studies in Aalto University.
29.08.2011 Aalto University hosts a climate change and sustainable development event for students at the university campus in Otaniemi, Espoo, from 30 August to 2 September. The Nordic Climate Festival @ Aalto convenes students and experts to explore new means of promoting sustainable ways of life.
30.08.2011 Professor Steve Blank, the legendary serial entrepreneur and researcher from Silicon Valley, visits Finland at the invitation of Hannu Seristö, Vice President of Aalto University, and Will Cardwell, Head of Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE).
01.09.2011 Aalto University organizes a design contest for a memorial to the donors who provided funds for the University’s endowment capital. The contest is open to Aalto students, staff members and alumni.
01.09.2011 The Aalto Initiative of the Year prize awarded by Aalto University’s President went this to Academy Research Fellow Tapio Lokki. The grounds for the award were the recipient’s contribution to commercialising the ideas of his research team.
President Tuula Teeri urges long-term commitment to university funding in her opening ceremony speech
01.09.2011 The opening ceremony for the academic year at Aalto University was held on Thursday 1 September at the Media Centre Lume of the School of Art and Design. The event was attended by more than five hundred members and partners of the Aalto community.
05.09.2011 QS World University Ranking published today put Aalto University in 232nd place (from the 250th place in last year) in a ranking which evaluates over 700 universities worldwide. Finland had three universities in the top 300 with the University of Cambridge topping this year’s ranking.
05.09.2011 The School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture will merge to form a new School for Aalto University. Suggest a name for the new school and take part in the quest for name ideas!
07.09.2011 FIMECC/EFFIMA project “Control of information in Multi-Machine environment” (MOTTI), has studied a generic multi-machine system from a system point of view. One of the cases in MOTTI has been order picking in distribution centers. Order picking is a multi-machine application, which makes possible to machines execute tasks simultaneously.
Revolutionary entrepreneur says Aalto University will lead the way in developing business in the Nordic and Baltic rim
07.09.2011 Steve Blank is serial entrepreneur and founding part of eight startup companies in Silicon Valley. Today he is best known as a professor of Stanford reforming entrepreneurship education and innovation ecosystems around the globe. He is in Finland invited by Aalto University.
09.09.2011 The President of Aalto University has announced five new tenure track appointments from 1 September 2011.
09.09.2011 Last week’s four day long Nordic Climate Festival @Aalto was one of the main events for Finland’s 2011 presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. A total of 90 masters and postgraduate students from the Nordic countries as well as numerous stakeholder and company representatives participated in the event.
09.09.2011 The City of Shanghai has conferred Professor emeritus Yrjö Sotamaa the Magnolia Silver Award of 2011, together with 46 other foreign citizens.
09.09.2011 Together with WebOodi the most important web-based services for Aalto University students are Noppa and Into. Noppa is a handy tool for everyday course work and communication, and it is composed of course home pages.
12.09.2011 Professor Peter Liljeroth was to receive an ERC grant worth 1.5 million euros. His research team focuses on building tools for the development of atomic-sized electronics.
15.09.2011 During the past two years, Ericsson Finland R&D has undergone the most extensive restructuring in its history as it has replaced the software production process based on the waterfall model with an agile software development model. The interviews conducted by the Software Process Research Group headed by Casper Lassenius, Professor at the School of Science, in which staff members of Ericsson Finland R&D give their views of the changes will shed light on the impacts of the process. The interview and observation survey will also result in suggestions that the company can use in the development of its operations.
16.09.2011 Aalto University organized the first international event for student exchange partner universities, Aalto Partner Day, on main campuses Friday September 9th, 2011. Selected partner universities came and saw for themselves what Aalto is all about. Aalto welcomed representatives from 13 different universities and nine countries – from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, USA and Europe.
19.09.2011 The School of Economics is a partner in a Master's Degree programme in economics and business administration that is ranked second-best in the world.
19.09.2011 Dean Helena Hyvönen of the School of Art and Design has been appointed Aalto University’s Director of Artistic Activities.
20.09.2011 Jaakko Virtanen, Master of Science (Technology), has just had his dissertation examined at Aalto University. It provides new information on cerebral blood flow when sleeping.
22.09.2011 Soon a painless bone lengthening treatment may become available. At the Aalto University Department of Electronics, development of bioadaptive prototypes is under way for correcting malformations of the skull and the jawbone and to reshape the bone structure in the treatment of scoliosis.
Professor Päivi Törmä from Aalto University appointed a member of the Research and Innovation Council
22.09.2011 Professor Päivi Törmä from Aalto University has been named one of the members of the Government appointed Research and Innovation Council. The Council’s term is equal to the length of the present parliamentary term.
27.09.2011 Aalto University Shop is now open at Otakaari 1 from 11 am to 1 pm on weekdays.
New Pattern Recognition Methods in Detection and Classification of Events in the EEG of Preterm Babies
27.09.2011 Help will soon be available for the investigation of brain activity of prematurely born babies in intensive care. That help will be provided by the new pattern recognition methods developed at the Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics of the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering.
27.09.2011 New hybrid carbon material, which combines both graphene and SWNTs, Graphene Nanoribbons encapsulated into Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (GNR@SWNTs) have been discovered by researchers from Aalto University (Finland) and Umea University (Sweden).
30.09.2011 Entering the Back Stage of Innovation – Tensions between the Collaborative Praxis of Idea Development and its Formal Staging in Organisations
30.09.2011 Wonderwater at Tian Hai is a pop-up event taking place in a traditional Chinese restaurant Tian Hai (‘heaven and sea’), where visitors are invited to explore the impact of what we eat on local and global water consumption. wonderwater at Tian Hai is Aalto University´s prelude to wonderwater at the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.
Aalto University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) to increase Nordic research co-operation
30.09.2011 Aalto University and KTH in Sweden strengthen their links with mutual projects so they can promote Nordic research globally.
03.10.2011 "Finland has a car-dependent urban structure," stated Professor Raine Mäntysalo at the fifth Sino-Finnish Innovation Forum held at Dipoli in late September.
04.10.2011 Two research groups from the Aalto University School of Chemical Technology are searching for ways in which to make lithium-ion batteries safer and more resistant to moisture and temperatures. The materials chosen can influence these properties.
04.10.2011 During the second phase of renovation the Y and M wings will be repaired. Lecture halls located in the Y wing will be in University’s use for the majority of the renovation project. The M wing will be completed in October 2012 and the Y wing in March 2013. The D and E lecture halls will be repaired during the summer of 2012. The exact time for repair work on other lecture halls will be specified at a later time.
06.10.2011 Dr. Mikko Möttönen, 31, has been granted substantial funding from the European Research Council (ERC) within its call for Starting Grants. Dr. Möttönen was granted a funding of EUR 1.5 million for five years.
06.10.2011 Dean Jyrki Wallenius has appointed 20.9.2011 D.Sc. (Tech.) Pauli Murto Associate Professor (without tenure, 5 years) in Economics (Applied Microeconomics) and D.Sc. (Econ.) Elias Rantapuska, Assistant Professor (1. term, 3 years) in Finance at the School of Economics.
06.10.2011 The Co-Core International Art & Design Critiques is held this week in Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. Aalto University´s Department of Design is partaking in the event with faculty and students. The idea of Co-Core is to expose cross-disciplinary and cross-culturally student work in process for a rich dialogue.
07.10.2011 The new CareerWeb enables the employers to contact all Aalto University’s students through one service.
10.10.2011 Solar energy could be used to generate as much electricity in Finland as in Central Europe. Especially the western coast of Finland has many sunny days and there are no mountains or major air pollution that would stop the sunlight from reaching the ground.
11.10.2011 At its meeting on the 7th October 2011, the Board of Aalto University appointed Professor Ingmar Björkman, PhD (born 1959) as Dean of the Aalto University School of Economics for five years starting on 1 January 2012. Björkman is to follow Jyrki Wallenius who was appointed Dean of the Aalto University School of Economics for the year 2011.
17.10.2011 Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) widens its Asian presence through a strategic partnership with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia. The cooperation agreement was signed on September 29, 2011.
17.10.2011 In her dissertation, Emilia Rautkylä studied the connection between mood and the effects that light has on people’s alertness. The dissertation, entitled ‘Tutkimusmenetelmät ja neurofysiologiset mekanismit päiväaikaisen valoaltistuksen aiheuttamien vireysvaikutusten taustalla’(Research Methods and Neurophysiological Mechanisms behind the Alerting Effects of Daytime Light Exposure), was examined at Aalto University School of Engineering on Friday 14 October.
18.10.2011 Aalto University Degree Programmes in Environmental Art and Landscape Architecture launch a student challenge with the aim of designing a campus garden for the area between Otakaari and the Rakentajanaukio square in the Otaniemi campus.
19.10.2011 Jarkko Leinonen MSc (Civil Engineering) has been named Head of Campus Development for the Aalto University Campus Project starting 24 October 2011.
19.10.2011 Aalto University will begin publishing Aalto University Magazine, a new magazine for the university’s interest groups. The first issue will come out at the turn of October and November and cover risks and entrepreneurship. The magazine, mainly aimed at alumni and partners, presents Aalto University’s important role in building a better world and a stronger Finland. The magazine also discusses the multidisciplinary nature of the university community, which entails encounters between technology, art and economics.
20.10.2011 Ilmasto-opas.fi, a new website bringing together climate information under one address, was opened today. The website provides information about the Finnish climate and climate change, analysed down to individual regions. The Swedish and English versions of the site will be launched later this year.
21.10.2011 The tourism product “Live like locals", created by Baltic Sea Region countries, was launched in the beginning of October 2011 in Tokyo at JATA International Tourism Fairs (Japan Association of Travel Agents), and at the professional seminar targeted to tour operators in Tokyo
24.10.2011 Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2011: Aalto Executive MBA Program – The Best EMBA Program in the Nordic Countries
25.10.2011 Hypnosis has had a long and controversial history in psychology, psychiatry and neurology. For the past hundred years, researchers have debated whether or not hypnosis really involves an altered mental state unlike the normal wakeful condition, or whether it simply reflects a cognitive state similar to those occurring outside hypnosis.
26.10.2011 Multi-criteria decision analysis can help to solve disputes concerning watercourse projects. Mika Marttunen, Master of Science (Technology), has developed an approach based on multi-criteria decision analysis as part of his dissertation work at the Department of Mathematics and System Analysis of the Aalto University School of Science. Marttunen applies the approach to five watercourse planning projects.
26.10.2011 National and business interests have a negative influence in electricity transmission network in Europe. As a result, needed levels of investments in transmission networks are lacking.
28.10.2011 Adjunct Professor, Academy Research Fellow Tapio Lokki has been awarded the Academy of Finland Award for social impact. Lokki and his research team at the Department of Media Technology, Aalto University School of Science, are working to develop physically-based room acoustic modelling methods that can be used to create virtual auditory environments. Their research will help us to better understand and predict the acoustics of acoustically demanding spaces, such as concert halls.
28.10.2011 In his dissertation, Seppo Pöyhönen examines the issue of ownership rights and shareholder value in co-operatives. He makes a distinction between ownership rights and the service benefits provided by a co-operative.
Aalto University and Antell open a staff restaurant with a focus on sustainable development in Otaniemi
28.10.2011 Aalto University and Antell Catering have opened a staff restaurant under the theme of sustainable development on the Otaniemi campus (Lämpömiehenkuja 2).
01.11.2011 Stina Westman’s doctoral dissertation publicly examined at Aalto University provides new information on journalistic image access. In her dissertation, Westman finds that journalistic image access has a strong link to the context of an image and its production environment. The results of the study can be used to develop image access solutions that support journalistic work.
02.11.2011 Somewhat inconsistent results were obtained in a study of the impacts of mobile phone radiation on human cells.
02.11.2011 On the 1st Anniversary of Sino-Finnish Centre November 2nd is celebrating and at the same time the Cumulus Lab is to be opened. At the time there will be celebrated also the expansion of the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory space. Sino-Finnish Centre is an international platform of collaboration, which Tongji and Aalto Universities have established in 2010. The first step of establishing the SFC was the Aalto Tongji Design Factory, which was opened a bit more than a year ago.
02.11.2011 Aalto University celebrates its tenured professors with lectures given by the new Associate Professors and Full Professors. You are very welcome to Dipoli, Auditorium (add. Otakaari 24, Espoo) on Wednesday 16 November 2011 at 2 pm.
02.11.2011 In her thesis research, Leena Aho-Mantila, MSc (Eng.), investigated why the mathematical models describing the operation of the tokamak fusion reactor did not agree with the measurement results obtained with experimental equipment.
Foster families had a major impact on the education levels of Finnish children evacuated to Sweden during the Second World War
04.11.2011 The dissertation consists of four separate essays in two of which Santavirta examines different aspects of the evacuation of Finnish children to Sweden during the Second World War. In the first essay, the focus is on the impacts of a temporary living environment on the children's education levels.
08.11.2011 Aalto on Waves is a student-driven innovation project in which 110 members of the Aalto community travel by ship to Brazil. During the journey, students will create a social impact through learning and collaborating on real challenges.
11.11.2011 Visualization makes it possible to understand interesting phenomena and connections in data that cannot be specifically defined in advance. For example, the data collected from a person’s genes can show how people from different parts of Finland are grouped genetically, says Eli Parviainen, M.Sc. (Technology), who is defending his thesis in the School of Science.
11.11.2011 Now is your chance to use your musical skills and create a piece of music for Aalto University in a competition where you could win $3,000. We need your help in creating this piece of music that in turn will enhance the University’s brand.
11.11.2011 Encouraging teaching, cloud-embracing challenges, demanding and skilled teachers, a creative environment... If you ask engineer, PhD Mike Cook from London-based Buro Happold, civil engineers can and must be creative. According to Cook, engineers will only become creative partners for architects by cooperating with them.
15.11.2011 The doctoral dissertation of Master of Science (Technology) Jukka Pätynen to be publicly examined at Aalto University states that the acoustics of concert halls can be studied in a more versatile manner than before with the help of a virtual symphony orchestra.
15.11.2011 Master of Science (Technology) Juha Itkonen’s dissertation in the software production field proves that exploratory software testing can in some cases be as effective as test case based testing at a lower cost.
15.11.2011 The Builders of the Future design contest cooperatively organised by Aalto University and the Association of Professional Graphic Designers in Finland Grafia and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo has entered its second stage. The following designs made it to the final stage (in brackets are the jury’s thoughts about the work in question):
16.11.2011 CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Aalto University, and Tampere Region Exchange (TREX) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Internet Testbed Finland, a service that will enable more efficient Internet research collaboration and shared use of Internet networks and services.
17.11.2011 What do frozen blueberries and solar cells have in common? The MIDE (Multidisciplinary Institute of Digitalisation and Energy) Programme answered that question at its Demo Day. The event provided guests with concrete ideas about using LED technology in assistive devices for the elderly and in hybrid car parts. Under the supervision of project staff, people had the chance to try out products developed in the 11 projects and 3 student projects in the MIDE research programme.
17.11.2011 Researchers of the Aalto University have developed a new experimental technique that can be used for studying opto-electronically active materials.
18.11.2011 Pushing the Scene, a film by Aalto University MediaMark researchers won the prestigious Association for Consumer Research North American conference ‘Film Festival’.
21.11.2011 According to Lauraéus’s doctoral dissertation, the most satisfied online shoppers thoroughly consider their purchases, use plenty of time for searching information and conduct multiple searches.
22.11.2011 A video analysis by researcher Timo Vuori revealed why employees are often left with only a vague or non-existent picture of a company’s new strategy. The experienced change coach gets his message across by drawing on people’s emotions – not by providing rational arguments.
23.11.2011 Aalto University will begin co-operation negotiations on the operational reorganisation and any resulting impact on the staff of the Lahti Center, which is part of the School of Engineering.
23.11.2011 The doctoral dissertation of Licentiate of Science (Technology) Antti Hyvärinen examines the solving of hard structured problems using cloud computing.
23.11.2011 In her doctoral dissertation, M. Sc. (Tech.) Suvi Karvonen examines the local and cell level modelling of PEMs, or polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.
24.11.2011 PRESS RELEASE. Zanzibar, Tanzania – Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have designed a network proxy that can cut the power consumption of 3G smart phones up to 74 percent.
25.11.2011 Nutrient loads from agriculture are higher than from any other source in Finland. Heavy autumn rainfall can wash nutrients from fields into nearby waterways.
25.11.2011 An initiative that aims at offering state-of-the-art education on scalable ventures, Aalto Ventures Programme (AVP), where research informs practice, is being developed at Aalto University by 2013.
28.11.2011 According to the results, the model used will lead to broad diversification in times of crises though it may also introduce a focus on the domestic market in better times.
28.11.2011 Aalto University celebrated its tenured professors with lectures given by the new Associate Professors and Full Professors in the middle of November. The videos are now available on Aalto´s Youtube channel.
Aalto University listened to the voice of the community – the English and Swedish names of the new school were reviewed
28.11.2011 The current Aalto University School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture at the Aalto University School of Engineering will combine forces and begin to operate as a new entity within the university on the 1 January 2012.
29.11.2011 All economy is service economy. These were the words of Bentley University professor Heikki Topi at a Service Factory seminar. The seminar held at the Otaniemi Design Factory premises was called Young Student – Go Services! And why not enter the service sector? Services actually account for about 70 per cent of gross national product.
01.12.2011 The Prize for Engineering and Computer Science is awarded to Professor Kalyanmoy Deb for his contributions to the emerging field of Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization (EMO).
01.12.2011 The Prize for Engineering and Computer Science is awarded to Professor Kalyanmoy Deb for his contributions to the emerging field of Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization (EMO).
01.12.2011 Aalto University’s essential strategy is to promote research and teaching and social impact.
02.12.2011 As all unions loaded with expectations, the brand new Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture will need a bit of history, heaps of good practices old and new as well as many, many dreams in order to succeed.
02.12.2011 Aalto University has been accepted on November 24, 2011 as a full member in the pan-European organization CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire) CECAM is a world-leading organization in the area of computational nanoscience, molecular and materials sciences. It has 20 members in 11 countries, with headquarters at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.
05.12.2011 Gloves that function like a musical instrument and thinking cap visualising brain activity are examples of wearable electronics created in Aalto University. Aalto University and actors from the field of art have engaged in exciting cooperation with the aim of developing wearable electronics. Six separate projects were created as a result of the cooperation.
08.12.2011 The first phase of the Aalto Garden Otaniemi competition ended on 15 November 2011 at 3 pm. A total of 24 entries were submitted by the deadline and one after the deadline. In addition to the late entry, three incomplete proposals were submitted.
08.12.2011 At the beginning of 2012, Aalto University and the University of Helsinki will start the national Linked Data Finland project, whose aim is to develop the utilisation of the web’s Linked Open Data with the help of the latest semantic web technologies.
09.12.2011 A method developed at Aalto University in Finland makes it possible to use microbes to produce butanol suitable for biofuel and other industrial chemicals from wood biomass.
09.12.2011 Viveca Sasi’s study suggests that, to succeed with rapid globalization, Born Global firms from small domestic economies, such as Finland, would be well-advised to obtain access to international or global sources of both finance and capabilities related to financial management. It is not enough to rely only on domestic financing.
13.12.2011 The 2011/2012 Leiden Ranking of university publication impact places Aalto University 96th in Europe and 222nd in the world, the highest ranking of publication impact given to any Finnish university. Notably, 10.9% of Aalto University’s publications are amongst the top 10% of most cited publications in their academic field.
14.12.2011 The Teaching and Education Evaluation (TEE) implemented at Aalto University highlighted strengths and good teaching practices in the university’s teaching and degree programmes while also pinpointing aspects that need to be developed. The TEE was launched in spring 2010 and completed in autumn 2011.
15.12.2011 Physicists in Low Temperature Laboratory of Aalto University have shown how a nanomechanical oscillator can be used for detection and amplification of feeble radio waves or microwaves.
15.12.2011 The Government of Finland has appointed Professor, Vice President for Academic Affairs Heikki Mannila as President of the Academy of Finland. The post will be filled for the period between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2017.
15.12.2011 An increasing number of organisations are investing a lot of money in the development of various information and communication technology (ICT) systems. For example, the intranet and different meeting systems are essential tools in organisations, but their successful implementation has proved to be a challenge. .
16.12.2011 At its meeting on 16 December 2011, the board of Aalto University appointed Professor Helena Hyvönen (born 1950) as Dean of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture from 1.1.2012 until 31.7.2013. At present, Hyvönen is Dean of the Aalto University School of Art and Design.
16.12.2011 Media Lab Helsinki of the Aalto University School of Art and Design has been listed as one of the world's leading university interdisciplinary research media labs, according to an article in Times Higher Education about the MIT Media Lab.
19.12.2011 The application period for Aalto University’s two-year master’s programmes leading to the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science in economics, technology, architecture or landscape architecture begins on 2 January 2012.
20.12.2011 Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have developed a new and significantly cheaper method of manufacturing fuel cells. A noble metal nanoparticle catalyst for fuel cells is prepared using atomic layer deposition (ALD).
27.12.2011 The article by Aalto University researcher Jukka Heinonen and Professor Seppo Junnila, Implications of urban structure on carbon consumption in metropolitan areas, was chosen the Best Article in 2011 of Environmental Research Letters.